The newly adopted slogan for my school district is “Reach One, Teach One.” As a teacher for adults with special needs, I know that it “takes a village to raise a child and “with God all things are possible.”
My students have intellectual, physical, and emotional disabilities but are exceptional learners that need to be reminded that they are special not because of their disabilities but because of their abilities.
From the nurturing teachers to super social workers and patient paraprofessionals, we make a difference. We wear various hats and cover life lessons that focus on staying in school despite academic struggles and refraining from fighting as a method for problem solving and conforming to peer pressure as a way to make decisions.
My students are visual learners who learn through modeling. They require exposure to real-world experiences in an environment that can scaffold their learning. It is helpful when they know what happens when one chooses to fight instead of talk, bully instead of being a friend, skip class instead of attending and minimize self-worth instead of celebrating the skin they are in. Through engaging opportunities, my student may make decisions that will impact their lives in a positive manner.
A visit from The Guest Stars will allow the students in my building to learn strategies for dealing with real world issues associated with peer pressure. They will also master strategies for elevating self-esteem. Issues which affect learning are very much present in our school. The developmental delays, cognitive impairments, limited social skills and impulsive behaviors make it difficult for our population of students to comprehend the importance of their choices and actions.
A majority of the students are auditory and visual learners.
They learn and retain information that they see and hear. Through this assembly, students will learn what bullying looks like, how it impacts the lives of the inflicted, the long-term effects and the consequences connected of such behavior. Students will learn important information about what to do when they feel depressed, alone, or unloved. Through an engaging skit, students will be able to identify topics associated with peer pressure ( drug use, fighting, misuse of social media, sexting) and learn strategies for coping and understanding that saying “No” is okay.
Your donation to this project will make a difference for the 550 students in my school building. Students will be able to focus more on skill building because an assembly of such magnitude will change the mindset of the students and motivate them to make better choices.
The topics that will be presented are aligned with our curriculum which is taught daily in our first hour Social Responsibility classes. By extending these topics through song and engaging interactions, students may make connections and select appropriate choices that may result in positive outcomes that have the potential to impact their lives.
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